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76 Responses to Family Guy sued by Carol Burnett

  1. Profile photo of Xerasia
    Xerasia Female 18-29
    1181 posts
    March 18, 2007 at 11:54 pm
    Link: Family Guy sued by Carol Burnett - Geez, lighten up Carol Burnett.
  2. Profile photo of slaine
    slaine Male 13-17
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    March 19, 2007 at 2:18 am
    She`s got no money left... So, any reason to get money, why not?
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    BakaNeko728 Female 18-29
    665 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 2:20 am
    aaannny reason to get more money... oh that`s what slaine said lol. kind of. but yeah. that`s how you get money nowadays. there`s no such thing as work. just suing each other...
  4. Profile photo of lohphat
    lohphat Male 40-49
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    March 19, 2007 at 2:30 am
    Parody is protected speech but slander is not. You can`t disparage someone`s name and reputation freely without consequence.
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    PimpMan420 Male 18-29
    181 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 2:30 am
    This can`t be the first time Fox has gotten sued for Family Guy.
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    slaine Male 13-17
    391 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 2:36 am
    Too many times... I don`t like the new episodes of family guy nowadays... South park hit it right on with their parody. It used to have a story... Or at least some of a story. Now it`s just "hey remeber that time when I *insert random activity with random celebrity here*"
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    CoFBunny Female 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 2:40 am
    It had to happen eventually :(
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    lorddalvidii Male 13-17
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    March 19, 2007 at 2:45 am
    6 million?!?

    6 million....???????

    she better be giving that to charity or im going to slap her!

  9. Profile photo of Darkmartyr
    Darkmartyr Male 18-29
    130 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 2:46 am
    misappropriating her name and likeness and violating her publicity rights... Only $6 million. She sould be happy someone said her name on tv..
  10. Profile photo of R_U_Kidding
    R_U_Kidding Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 3:11 am
    "Plaintiff Whacko Inc. ("Whacko") is, and at all times mentioned herein was, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of California with its principal place of business in Los Angeles County, California."

    Yeah. THAT`LL help her get taken seriously.

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    Tanzeder Male 30-39
    98 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 3:55 am
    So, for a woman who spent her life making a show parodying pop culture, to sue a show for parodying pop culture.... My head asplode.
  12. Profile photo of FLB
    FLB Female 18-29
    1229 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 4:24 am
    ^^thinking the same thing.
    AND, 6mill??? WTF?!
    Attention seeking bastatrds should get their heads out of their ass for one moment and stop bothering other people with their problems.
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    Groogle Male 30-39
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    March 19, 2007 at 4:24 am
    The wikipedia entry on ( Her/him ) say`s that he/she had a sex change...

    Anyone got some link to videos of her parodying other peoples?

    I bet I understand why she`s pissed but there was no direct vulgarity or prejudice in the video... they only make a parody of her character in a movie and Quagmire ask a "risqué" question that means absolutly nothing unless you have a perverted imagination.

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    GeneralPhyL Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 4:26 am
    She`s old and needed something to do.
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    HylianNinja Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 4:40 am
    That`s it. Family Guy is finished.
  16. Profile photo of CheeseCar
    CheeseCar Male 13-17
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    March 19, 2007 at 4:55 am
    What a bitch, I hope someone stabs her in the face.
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    Devi3000 Female 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 5:13 am
    She`s completely out of money. She has been peddling her DVD`s of her show lately.
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    March 19, 2007 at 5:24 am
    It`s just the fact that it`s in a porn shop, cleverly named "Pornoslavia".. haha, but anyway, if it were in a grocery store, and if Quagmire hadn`t made that sexual comment at the end, it probabally would`ve been allright.
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    bccseahawkz Male 13-17
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    March 19, 2007 at 6:12 am
    i didnt even read the article, that clip was funny

    "i wonder what she tugged to say good night to her dad. O!"

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    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    March 19, 2007 at 8:08 am
    One word; Shrewd. Carol Burnett is well respected and has many friends... but she is old news. In Hollywood it is not necessarily what you have done, rather, what have you done for me lately. I think Family Guy will win the case because Burnett`s friends are all dead or not in the major scene anymore. Family Guy has a lot of celebrity fans. There is nothing wrong with a "roast", that is why celebrities get roasted all the time. Well, Family Guy has made a business out of it and it is funny! Celebrities need to take it with a grain of salt.
  21. Profile photo of teiso
    teiso Female 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 8:29 am
    If she`s out of money, why didn`t she sell Fox the rights to use her theme song?
  22. Profile photo of jvcc
    jvcc Female 13-17
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    March 19, 2007 at 8:58 am
    I don`t think she`s suing because she`s out of money. It seems like she hates how disgusting and vulgar Family Guy is. Good for her.
  23. Profile photo of Felice1
    Felice1 Female 50-59
    43 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 9:00 am
    Did any of you morons yelling at Carol READ the complaint? They asked for the song rights and she refused...that is her right as owner of the intellectual property. If she needed money that badly, she would have said yes.

    If someone denies you the legal rights to use something and you use it (or a reasonable fascimile thereof) anyway, YOU are in the wrong.

    IMO Carol said no because she has class. Family Guy is idiotic and I hope they lose this big time.

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    S_J_W Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 9:02 am
    "Parody is protected speech but slander is not. You can`t disparage someone`s name and reputation freely without consequence."

    I doubt that this will stand as a slander suit since it’s obvious that it’s a joke. I don’t think anyone saw that and really believed that she currently works at a porno shop. And if the “tug” joke is slander then a lot of comedians are open to being sued out of work by a slew of angry celebrities. By the way, isn’t this an old episode? What took her so long? Did she just run out of cash this month or something?

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    animefreak88 Female 13-17
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    March 19, 2007 at 9:04 am
    Lighten up non-nice individuals! It`s just a f*cking parody! If you don`t like the idea that you`re in it for fun, then you`re screwed for life!
  26. Profile photo of AnneBonney
    AnneBonney Female 18-29
    107 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 9:20 am
    Family Guy hasn`t been funny in ages. Carol Burnett is completely right to be suing the company. Someone should have done it a long time ago. I can`t seem to figure out the exact moment when tasteful humor and cultured parody went out of vogue, but the current trend of "How far can we take it?" (usually sexually) is disheartening, disappointing and most often disgusting.
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    MechBFP Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 9:39 am
    ^Awwweee muffin
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    jetmark Male 30-39
    1024 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 9:39 am
    Uptight much?
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    wauwa1983x Female 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 9:55 am
    Ahh, yes I saw that one, hilarious.
  30. Profile photo of Victim
    Victim Male 70 & Over
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    March 19, 2007 at 10:34 am
    I couldn`t help but notice that everyone defending Carol Whogives is a woman.
  31. Profile photo of Xerasia
    Xerasia Female 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 10:57 am
    yay, they posted my link. huzzah.
  32. Profile photo of Xerasia
    Xerasia Female 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 10:58 am
    oh, and carol burnett is an uptight bitch. i hope they countersue and leave her with nothing.
  33. Profile photo of KMDougl
    KMDougl Male 18-29
    7 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 11:38 am
    Good for her. Using that character image without permission violates copyright laws. Sure, she doesn`t have to sue and if the character was used in a different circumstance, she probably wouldn`t. But, it`s her character and if she doesn`t like the way it is portrayed, especially without permission, she has every right to sue.

    As for her suing just for the money, she made a fortune with her show and I seriously doubt she`s strapped for cash. Besides, in the past she sued the National Enquirer for a story about her, won the case, and gave every penny to charity.

    I like Family Guy, but ever since it came back, it`s been going downhill. It still has its moments, but its humor is mostly insults. The show has always thrown in minor insulting gags, which was funny here or there, but now, it seems like that`s all the show does. And the more insulting those gags get, the less humorous they become.

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    bliznik Male 30-39
    867 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 11:54 am
    Wow, you guys think Family Guy should lose just b/c you don`t like the show, not because of any basis in law. That`s fantastic...hope people like you aren`t on the jury. Parody is a valid fair use defense for copyright, and Carol Burnett should know that better than ANYONE.

    Defamation and appropriation on one`s public likeness are only valid when you`re actively trying to cause the public to believe something untrue. In this instance, she would have to convince the jury that Family Guy is really trying to convince the public that she really works in the back of a porn shop and was really saying goodnight to her mom when she tugged her ear.

    Any judge worth his salt will throw out this lawsuit on summary judgment. She`s just suing in order to get media attention, or b/c she`s a disgruntled old woman.

  35. Profile photo of omgwtfho
    omgwtfho Female 18-29
    218 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 11:59 am
    People ARE getting too sue-happy these days. And while under normal circumstances, it WOULD have been a lighthearted joke, and Carol herself would have laughed it off, that`s NOT the case. The only reason they poked fun at her is out of childish revenge.. she wouldn`t let them use her theme sone, which is her right to do so. They acted like immature little kids about it.

    I honestly don`t care anymore. The old Family Guy episodes were awesome, now they suck because they`re trying to hard to push the boundaries and be funny about it. FAIL IMO

  36. Profile photo of Argh_Beast
    Argh_Beast Male 18-29
    838 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 12:08 pm
    Screw her...literally! That old fart probably does not see much a penis since the "old days".
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    Ruthawen Female 18-29
    8 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 12:10 pm
    Go Carol. Family Guy has dropped to amazing lows this last season and I find it quite disappointing that people find this funny and entertaining. I fully support Ms. Burnett.
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    Norris Male 18-29
    1011 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 12:11 pm
    Good, I hope it gets off the air. Family Guy is crap, in fact, the ONLY joke that I have EVER laughed at was the video she is suing them over. I have seen several youtube "best of" videos and didn`t crack a smile.

    8-) Good Riddance FG

  39. Profile photo of Victim
    Victim Male 70 & Over
    219 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 12:26 pm
    Family Guy rules, everyone against needs to stop thinking the world revolves around them.

    *remembers the episode where Peter had his own orbit*

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    Vindicate Female 18-29
    511 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 12:29 pm
    Family Guy hasn`t been funny for a long time now. Fox just sucks in general. For those two reasons, let`s hope she wins.

    As for the clip, it`s amazing what stupidity qualifies as funny today.

  41. Profile photo of ellemnop
    ellemnop Female 18-29
    77 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 12:35 pm
    Yeah people take Family guy too seriously...the show doesn`t make sense, that`s why it`s funny.If everyone that was made fun of on that show sued, then they would have been gone for a long time.
  42. Profile photo of ellemnop
    ellemnop Female 18-29
    77 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 12:41 pm
    keep in mind, family guy is my all time favorite show..but I will admit, they`ve started doing WAY too many flashbacks.They never focus on the actual story line...and I do hate it when they have singing because it`s always 3 minutes long or so....and my last complaint..they took part of "stewie griffith, the untold story" and put it on adult swim for an episode...which is showing that they`re really reaching`s sad..k i`m done
  43. Profile photo of JAXLEY
    JAXLEY Male 18-29
    988 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    BTW i thought it was hilarious that they actually showed the clip as well!

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    Hyperjesus Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 1:00 pm
    Have any of you ever created an icon/character that is so ingrained in the public consciousness that any defamation of said character belittles anyone and everyone who has ever found that icon/character entertaining or amusing? NO?! So stfu.

    Also Family Guy is a fizzle.

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    deaf_woman Male 30-39
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    March 19, 2007 at 2:08 pm
    Oral Burnett lol ouch zing checkmate swoosh cha-ching
  46. Profile photo of Oks
    Oks Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 3:12 pm
    I`m portuguese, should I sue cause I feel offended by the Pascoal and what`s-his-name characters?
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    DMDekoth Male 70 & Over
    888 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 3:27 pm
    Wait, I missed something, when did it become cool (on the internet) to hate Family Guy?
  48. Profile photo of HaruHaru
    HaruHaru Female 13-17
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    March 19, 2007 at 3:39 pm
    lighten up, seriously
  49. Profile photo of Ilbeltz
    Ilbeltz Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 4:04 pm
    Can`t blame her. I`d sue the pants off of that crappy show if I had the chance to.
  50. Profile photo of TCK15
    TCK15 Male 13-17
    161 posts
    March 19, 2007 at 7:17 pm
    I personally dislike Family Guy, but that does not mean that Carol whats-her-face should win the lawsuit. You can`t be on her side just because you don`t like Family Guy. Whether it was funny or not does not matter, whether it was too sexual or not does not matter. What matters is if they were slandering here, which they were not. It was a parody, therefore, FOX should win the lawsuit.
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    AFTERSHOCK Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 7:23 pm
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    Roduku Male 50-59
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    March 19, 2007 at 7:34 pm
    Fox has put out a lot of crappy stuff, but Family Guy has to be at the top of the list for sh*t shows.
    Maybe others will take their cue from Carol Burnett and sue Fox every time they show Family Guy and maybe get it off the air forever.
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    Custom_hobo Male 13-17
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    March 19, 2007 at 7:40 pm


  54. Profile photo of lohphat
    lohphat Male 40-49
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    March 19, 2007 at 8:32 pm
    The way copyright law works, is that for it to be enforced, you as the holder must demonstrate defense of the copyright. By not doing so, you lose control over it.

    She`d be making a precedent by not filing suit. That`s how the game works.

  55. Profile photo of MechBFP
    MechBFP Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 8:51 pm
    roduku = fanatic christine, I guarentee you.
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    axis736 Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 9:11 pm
    hey Felice, just so you know, the song was altered, so it WASNT her theme song

    and i have no idea who Carol is

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    STARTSOMETIN Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 9:15 pm
    and this is the reason i hate ppl
  58. Profile photo of 72tour
    72tour Male 13-17
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    March 19, 2007 at 9:35 pm
    See you just can`t say nasty things like that about old people. It`s a different generation and you need to give them some respect. I would be pissed if someone said that about me as well.
  59. Profile photo of Wamba
    Wamba Female 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 10:56 pm
    She had every right. Usually, I couldn`t care less about celebrity lawsuits, but I side with Carol on this one. I never watched Family Guy and never will for the same reason I don`t watch South Park. It`s total garbage and I have a little more taste than to watch any of it. I don`t blame her for not wanting to be associated with it.
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    gonadsonfire Male 13-17
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    March 19, 2007 at 11:09 pm
    and so, the fall of family guy begins...
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    TomSFox Male 18-29
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    March 19, 2007 at 11:15 pm
    @ellemnop: Stewie Griffin - The untold Story is, in fact, a three-part episode!

    @Wamba: Who are you to say FG and SP are garbage, if you never watched it?

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    danmerqury Male 18-29
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    March 20, 2007 at 12:01 am
    First of all, Carol Burnett had a show that did parodies. What?!

    Secondly, they weren`t poking fun of her being out of money. One of her characters, as it says in the article, was a janitor, which is what they were referencing.

    And come on, this is parody. Parody is protected speech. Weird Al Yankovic doesn`t have to ask permission to remake a song as a parody (he does it out of courtesy). If he can just change some of the lyrics and get away with it, Family Guy can change the theme somewhat from Carol Burnett`s show and be fine.

    Here`s a citation.

  63. Profile photo of ellemnop
    ellemnop Female 18-29
    77 posts
    March 20, 2007 at 12:35 am
    Tomsfox I honestly did not know that.

    good to know...good to know...

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    Gucciprincss Female 30-39
    550 posts
    March 20, 2007 at 1:41 am
    From what I understand, anytime you make a likeness of anyone, you need their permission. That was clearly a slam on Carol Burnett, and she did have a right to sue.

    Has anyone heard of that bar that made likenesses of George Wendt (Norm Peterson) & John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin) of Cheers? I guess the owner of the bar made statues of these guys and had them sitting on bar stools at the end of the bar. Well, I guess George & John found out about it and sued the owners of the bar. Why? Not because they are in need of money, but because they are their likenesses. They wanted some kind of royalty for the use of their characters. As far as I know, the owner ended up taking the statues down. I honestly don`t blame John & George for doing this.

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    kribbe Male 18-29
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    March 20, 2007 at 2:01 am
    is it really true than a person can sue another for everything in america, just a rumor ive heard
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    R_U_Kidding Male 18-29
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    March 20, 2007 at 5:31 am
    Speaking of Weird Al and lawsuits...

    BOO-YAH!!! He`ll SUE YA!!!

    Just FYI, this is an original song of his, not a parody. In case anybody wonders.

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    maples Male 13-17
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    March 20, 2007 at 5:39 am
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    cambriaseyes Female 18-29
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    March 20, 2007 at 11:54 am
    I`m so sick of this trend that seems to be emerging in America where people seem to think that if they don`t like something it should be gotten rid of.

    If you don`t like it, change the channel. Just because you can`t figure out a remote control doesn`t mean you deserve 6 million dollars, Carol Burnett.

  69. Profile photo of CheeseMan1
    CheeseMan1 Male 18-29
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    March 20, 2007 at 12:09 pm
    6 million for parodying one of her CHARACTERS, not her herself. Hm.
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    gabcab Male 13-17
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    March 20, 2007 at 7:16 pm
    I really hate people who make frivolous lawsuits, they need a big fat slap in the face.
  71. Profile photo of Djer
    Djer Male 18-29
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    March 20, 2007 at 10:09 pm
    I hope she wins. Carol Burnett is a comedy legend. I used to watch her show when it aired on the WB, and I can honestly say it was one of the funniest shows I have ever seen.

    I`ve seen people on here saying that they don`t understand why she`s suing Family Guy when she had a show that did parodies. There`s a difference between her kind of parody and FG`s. FG uses real people (sometimes without their permission) and makes a lot of sexual jokes. Carol Burnett used fictional characters that everyone could relate to and put them in clean, humorous situations. That`s another thing that I hate about Family Guy. One thing Carol Burnett prided herself on was that her show was accessible to EVERONE, including children. She kept her show clean and made sure that she didn`t offend anyone. So having Family Guy, a show that tries to be funny by making jokes of a degrading and often vulgar nature, put her in a porn shop is an incredibly disrespectful action, and a childish one as well. Go Carol!

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    wcclark Male 18-29
    731 posts
    March 21, 2007 at 12:16 pm
    I used to love Family Guy...But something just has failed with it recently.

    So I hope Carol wins this one. Maybe it`ll knock some sense into the creators of Family Guy, or it`ll just get the show off the air.

  73. Profile photo of wales4eva
    wales4eva Male 13-17
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    March 21, 2007 at 5:57 pm
    i think everyone thinks they can sue family guy

    same with borat

  74. Profile photo of shiggin
    shiggin Female 13-17
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    March 24, 2007 at 9:20 pm
    Everybody sues each other these days.
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    GimmieBeer Male 40-49
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    October 8, 2007 at 8:16 pm
    But its 6 Meeeellion Dollars! Just another pissed off old broad. She should be paying Fox $6 million just to get that mug on t.v., even if it is a CARTOON!! She needs to have her AARP card revoked!
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    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    December 21, 2007 at 1:44 pm
    family guy=BEST SHOW EVER!

    and if i was a celebrity i`d hope to be roasted on family guy lol it would be the best compliment ever

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